Carrying in a National Park

Carrying in National Parks in Florida

Florida Has Several National Parks

There are lots of well known things to do in the State of Florida.  Visitors enjoy theme parks, beaches, festivals and much more.   But what about the nature lovers out there?  Florida has a number of National Parks including Everglades, Biscayne and Dry Tortuga.  Carrying in National Parks in Florida is allowed.

The Law

16 U.S. Code § 1a-7b, regulates carrying in National Parks and wildlife refuges.  According to 16 U.S. Code § 1a-7b, the state in which the park or refuge is located regulates carrying firearms there.

Carrying In National Parks in Florida

What does this mean?  It means that you can carry in National Parks in the State of Florida.  However, you must have a CWFL or recognized out of state license.  Florida law controls.   Therefore, you must carry in accordance with Florida law.  Carry in allotted campsites or in outdoor areas such as hiking trails is permitted.   However, carry in Federal buildings such as visitor centers, ranger stations, or restrooms is prohibited.   Therefore, you may not carry in any of these buildings.  Further, any private vendor can prohibit carrying firearms into their business.  Places such as gift shops and restaurants may or may not allow you to carry.  However, these are not automatically off limits, therefore, keep your eyes peeled for any signs that indicate firearms are not allowed.

As always, it is a safe bet to check the website of or call the National Park or refuge you are traveling to or visiting prior to your trip.  Happy and safe exploring!

Visiting Florida?  Read our travel guide.

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